Philip Whalen talking about Writers on writing. He opens by reading "the art of fiction" by Henry James and then "composition as explanation" by Gertrude Stein. He offers commentary during these readings intermittently. He then talks about time, relativity and his writing process. As he continues, he begins to mention specific writers and their writing and how they were influenced or how they influenced him. He speaks of Virginia Wolfe, Rilke, Faulkner, "The Sound and the fury," "Ulysses," Malcolm Lowery and William Gaddiss's books "The recognitions," "JR," and "Carpenter Gothic." This is part of a series.